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Individual and group characteristics affecting nest building in sea lamprey ( Petromyzon marinus L. 1758 )

Abstract : Nest building relates to reproductive effort, sexual selection, intersexual conflict and cooperation and may be linked to individual phenotype and interindividual interactions. In particular, larger individuals having more energy reserves are expected to build more, larger nests, without having to trade intrasexual competition for cooperative nest building. Capture–mark–recapture and nest survey of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus L. 1758) were combined to assess the relationship between individuals and nesting activity on a spawning ground, throughout a breeding season, during which 202 nests were observed and 114 individuals were captured. On average, males and females stayed 8.33 ± 1.02 and 3.57 ± 1.04 days on the spawning ground, visited 2.26 ± 1.72 and 1.67 ± 1.17 nests and encountered 2.33 ± 2.13 mates for males and 2.29 ± 1.32 mates for females, respectively, and the number of mates encountered increased with the number of nests visited. Body size had no effect on the duration of presence on spawning ground, number of nests visited, number of individuals per nest and sex ratio on nest or nest volume. Bigger nests were found at the end of the season and were not necessarily built by more individuals. This work brings insights on the mating system and cooperative nest building in sea lamprey and may inform managers who want to estimate sea lamprey populations via nest surveys
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Marius Dhamelincourt, Mathieu Buoro, Jacques Rives, Stellia Sebihi, Cédric Tentelier. Individual and group characteristics affecting nest building in sea lamprey ( Petromyzon marinus L. 1758 ). Journal of Fish Biology, Wiley, 2020, pp.1-9. ⟨10.1111/jfb.14601⟩. ⟨hal-03036001⟩

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